Do I always have to come up with an original title? That could get old quick . . .
So I know I haven’t been putting up much game review, but seeing as Brad recently purchased Resident Evil 5 I guarantee I will be posting my review of that soon. Possibly next week if he doesn’t get sick of it before I get a chance to play co-op.
While browsing through titles of different areas that I might be interested in posting I ran across this. Yes this is quite an old post, dated November 2, 2008. Still, I felt some part of me cringe at this whole article.
First off, I do not distinguish between “gamer girls” and “female gamers”, I think the whole idea is simply preposterous. You either game and you are female, or you don’t. If you play games occasionally such as Guitar Hero or Mario Kart you are a social gamer. There are guys that are strictly “social gamers”. These types simply play with groups of people, they aren’t likely to play Metroid or Devil May Cry. They would probably fall more in the Halo or Super Smash Brothers category, strictly. Is that bad? No, it’s not. It’s the difference between a guy that would prefer to play tennis one on one and a guy that would prefer to play doubles. It’s a PREFERENCE.
I think what bothered me most about this whole article is the categorization. Does this mean that if a guy acts a certain way about gaming that makes him a different “type” of gamer? No, he’s still just a male gamer. Are we females so separated that we have to categorize which females do what?
I call myself a gamer girl, does that mean that I seek social acceptance from the guys around me? Ummm no, not really. It’s a great conversational piece yeah, but I don’t just bring up gaming for the attention or approval. About this whole anger or jealousy thing, yeah one of my biggest pet peeves is when a girl calls Link “Zelda”. Does that mean that I’m not really a true gamer outside of social acceptance from men? No, I get just as upset when I hear a guy call Link “Zelda”. You want to know why gamer girls get upset when a potential better gamer girl shows up? It’s competition. Not for the guys’ attention but for the game.
I mean, my gosh, that whole article explains why girls have such a problem breaking into that kind of stuff. It makes me want to slap myself. The fact that this person feels she can separate all gamer girls into two groups proves how “above us” she feels. It’s completely hypocritical.
I mean, come on guys, let’s all be completely honest here. Girls game and they want to be recognized as GIRLS, not just like boys that game. Why? Uh, less sponsorship opportunities. They basically ADVERTISE their gender along with their gaming ability. Not a bad thing but can we at least admit it?
So here is my question to you out there. If you had to categorize gamers, how would you categorize them? Would you specify them by gender or by playing habits?
Here is my take:
Category 1: Hardcore Gamer
Category 2: Social Gamer
Category 3: Lone Gamer
Category 4: Casual Gamer
or if you want to be more generalized
Category 1: Online Gamer
Category 2: PC Gamer
Category 3: Console Gamer